- DC Pen Show 2018 Recap (via The Looped Square). A great recap of the 2018 DC Pen Show from someone I've enjoyed getting to know over the years, and who now has a few pen shows under his belt.
- I Go to the DC Pen Show: The World's Worst Pen Show Photo Essay (via Fountain Pen Follies). Looks like I missed Laura on Saturday!
- Oldwin Classic Arco Bronze (via SBRE Brown). Sarj is indeed one of the most dangerous men in the world, and I believe he had a bunch of these Oldwin pens at DC, though thank goodness I was otherwise occupied most of the weekend. You can order your own from Mora Stylos in Paris (or, as I plan to do someday, visit in person).
- Four Reasons to Love Broad Nibs (via UK Fountain Pens). I've added a few broad nibs to my collection as well. For the ever popular sheening and shading inks, you can't beat them.
- Composition Book Round-Up 2018 (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). Les has started her composition book round-up, with Part I taking a look at Composition Books available from CVS, and Part II taking a look at Composition Books at Staples.
- Retro 51 Hex-O-Matic Ballpoint Pen Review (via Pens!Paper!Pencils!). Retro 51 makes a great rollerball, but I also need to getting around to reviewing one of the Hex-O-Matic ballpoints one of these days.
- A 4-Week Journaling Workshop: On Keeping a Notebook (via Wonder Pens). This is why local pen shops are so great: because they offer a space and resources for opportunities such as this! If you're in Toronto, and at all interested in journaling, give this one a read. Wonder Pens also has a letter-writing club.
- Papermate Inkjoy Capped Gel Pen (via Clicky Post). I'll disagree with Mike a little on the design - I think there's a bit of utilitarian, 1990s retro elegance to the humble, and yes, boring, stick pen. But I agree with him on the ink in the Inkjoy - it dries quickly and makes for a top notch writing experience.
- Leonardo Officina Italiana Momento Zero Positano Resin Fountain Pen (via Pen Addict). Wow, that's quite a name. I've been intrigued by these pens, and I'm even more intrigued after Susan's review and having the chance to handle one that someone gave Lisa Vanness at the DC Pen Show. Leonardo pens are getting a bit more attention, so I'd look for more retailers to start carrying them in the near future.
- Chronodex Visual Scheduler and Task Management on MD Paper (via Scription). So Patrick has now officially licensed the Chronodex, which will be released on Midori MD Paper! I may need to try to get my hands on some of these.
- Platinum PTL 5000A Balance Fountain Pen (via Well-Appointed Desk). A $60 Platinum pen with a 14kt nib? This should sell out quickly.
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In Case You Missed It ...
The work week following a pen show is always pretty rough, and the fact that this was the D.C. Pen Show, and I actually worked it, didn't help. This week on the blog I posted my 2018 D.C. Pen Show Recap, and also reviewed the Laban Taroko fountain pen, courtesy of Goldspot. Finally, don't miss this week's Deals & Drops, featuring some things I saw at the D.C. Pen Show, as well as some other new releases like the Baron Fig Squire "Bolt".
Happy Sunday, and as always, thanks for reading!
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